• Fun to drive
  • Big inside, little outside
  • Fuel economy not better than full-size minivans'
  • Relatively short options list
SUM UP The small-yet-practical minivan.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for MAZDA5 in 2013

The Mazda 5 receives new mirrors with built-in turn signals, a USB port, a new shift knob, new seat upholstery, and a seatback pocket on the driver’s seat. Touring and Grand Touring models receive standard rear parking sensors. Zeal red mica, meteor gray, and black mica join the paint options list...more


The Mazda 5 continues to be an uncommonly versatile vehicle inside a relatively small body, offering three comfortable rows of seating and the convenience of sliding doors. Although it is smaller on the outside than competing full-size minivans, the 5 seats six people and offers enough legroom for adults to fit in the third row for short trips. The second-row captain’s chairs slide and recline and can be folded flat, and the third-row seats have a 50/50 split so they can be tipped forward individually and folded to create a flat load area. There are plenty of interior storage binnacles, including compartments under the second-row seats. Sliding rear doors give the 5 the easy rear-seat access of a minivan and help prevent dings from overly zealous door openers. A 157-hp four-cylinder is the only engine available, and although it isn’t overly powerful, it’s lively enough to get the job done. The five-speed automatic transmission works fine, and we applaud the fact that base models can be equipped with a lively six-speed manual. Even with the automatic, the Mazda 5’s small footprint and taut suspension provide a much better driving experience than do other minivans.


Standard features include front, side, and side curtain air bags, along with ABS, traction and stability control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Mazda 5

  • Ford C-Max
  • Nissan Cube
  • Scion xD
  • Toyota Matrix

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2013 MAZDA5 Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning


  • Auto On Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Trunk/Liftgate
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Trip Computer


  • Rear Spoiler


  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel


  • Brake Assist
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • HID Headlights
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Leather Seats
  • Third row seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Satellite Radio


  • Blue Tooth Compatible

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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